It’s Time to Take Back NH – SEA Endorsed Candidates 2012

It would be nearly impossible for anyone to be unaware of some members of the NH legislature’s animosity toward public workers over the past few years.  It has been evidenced time and again through their comments, proposed legislation and disrespectful actions.  And, we know we are in for more of the same if the current cast of characters is elected back for another term.

It is essential that we support candidates who will return our legislature to one of reason, civility and common sense. SEA has been reviewing candidates in all races across the state and has begun to endorse certain candidates for office.  The process is begun within SEA’s Political Education committee. Once the committee studies and brings forward candidates, the SEA Board of Director votes to accept or reject the recommendations.

The SEA Board of Directors, composed of elected SEA members, has endorsed 25 candidates in 19 districts who will be involved in primary races. Twenty-four of the 25 endorsed candidates are members of the Republican Party. They include five SEA members and 18 Republican incumbents who have championed policies that support NH’s middle class working families

Please consider these candidates and support them at the polls.

It is expected that more SEA endorsements will be made over the coming few weeks.  A list of those who have already received an SEA endorsement in the September 11 Primary follows.

Senate

Mike Kenney (R) of Bedford is running for the New Hampshire’s Senate District 9 seat.  Kenney, an SEA member, is running against NH Rep. Ken Hawkins and NH Rep. Andy Sanborn, both of whom have voted in support of bills that drafted to weaken the state’s middle class.  You can learn more about Mike Kenney here.

 

House of Representatives

In Belknap District 8, SEA has endorsed Rep. Peter Bolster (R), of Alton. He is running against Jane Cormier for one available seat.

Rep. Bolster has been a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives since 2008. During the 2011-2012 legislative session, he served on the Resources, Recreation and Development Committee. His professional experience includes selectman for the Town of Alton since 2007; as well as a realtor and pastor. He also serves as the President of the Alton Rotary Club.

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In Cheshire District 10 SEA has endorsed Adam Hopkins (R). Adam is an SEA Member from the NH Lottery Commission.  We commend Adam for stepping up and accepting the challenge of fighting for middle class values and working families.  Adam is running against Michael J. Walsh.

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In Cheshire District 11 SEA has endorsed Rep. Richard Dwinell (R) and Rep. Susan Emerson (R), both of whom have been incredible heroes to the working families of the state. Rep. Dwinell is a member of the IBEW.  And, Rep. Emerson was blatantly bullied by Speaker O’Brien. These candidates are running against one of Speaker O’Brien’s recruits, Rep. Eric Jackman and Rep. John B. Hunt who has co-sponsored Right to Work (for less) legislation in the past.  These four candidates are running for four seats.

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In Coos District 7 SEA has endorsed Rep. William (Bill) Remick (R), who is another hero to NH’s working families.  He is running against newcomers Jeffery P. Young of Jefferson and Leon H. Rideout, a selectman in Lancaster.

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In Hillsboro District 6 SEA has endorsed Rep. Russell Day (R) and Todd Weeks (R), both of Goffstown. Rep. Day has been an SEA member for over 30 years. He has fought relentlessly against Speaker O’Brien to protect our membership.  Todd Weeks is a firefighter.  Both of our endorsed candidates in this race will be running against six other Republican candidates for five possible seats.

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In Rockingham District 19 SEA has endorsed Rep. Tim Copeland (R) of Stratham. Tim is a member of SEA Chapter 1 and has been a tremendous advocate for matters that protect the middle class. He has been such an advocate that he has drawn Speaker O’Brien’s wrath more than once.  Tim was also subjected to O’Brien’s bullying tactics as a result of his values and beliefs. He is running against four other Republicans for two possible seats.

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In Rockingham District 13, SEA has endorsed Rep. David Welch(R) and Kevin St. James (R), who are running against three other Republican incumbents all of whom have consistently voted in favor of legislation that would weaken collective bargaining and minimize the middle class. One of the incumbents, Rep. Kenneth Weyler, the member Chair of the Finance Committee, has been especially surly towards labor issues. The five candidates are running for four possible seats.

Rep. David Welch of Kingston has served 12 terms as a member of the House and represents Rockingham County District 13, the towns of Hampstead and Kingston.

Kevin St. James is a first time candidate for the NH House. He is a firefighter in Kingston.

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In Hillsboro District 19 SEA has endorsed Rep. Carlos Gonzales (R).  He has been a supporter of labor issues many times. Rep. Gonzales even came into the House on the day of his father-in-law’s wake because there was going to be a Right to Work (for less) vote in the House that day. He is competing with three other Republican candidates for two possible seats.

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In Hillsboro District 21 SEA has endorsed incumbent Rep. Kathy Stroud who is a union member. She is running for re-election against nine other Republicans for eight possible seats. Four of those candidates are endorsed by the Liberty Caucus.

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In Hillsboro District 29 SEA endorsed Rep. Mike McCarthy (R).  Mike is a member of IBEW and running for re-election in Nashua Ward 2. He is running against three other Republican candidates, two of whom are tied to the Liberty Caucus.

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In Hillsboro District 40 SEA endorsed Rep. Benjamin Linn (R), a member of the American Postal Workers Union. He is running against incumbent Gary Daniels (R). Daniels is a serious foe of organized labor, and he is postured to create great damage as he is the Chair of the Labor Committee in the NH House. He is also the Chair of ALEC in NH, and has sponsored Right to Work (for less) legislation for 10 years.

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In Merrimack District 9 SEA has endorsed incumbent Rep. Priscilla Lockwood, who is a retired school teacher. She is running against two candidates who are endorsed by the Liberty Caucus. There is one seat available.

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In Merrimack District 21 SEA has endorsed Tony Soltani (R) who has voted favorably for issues that affect the middle class. He is running against Rep. Dan McGuire(R).  McGuire has been the prime advocate for privatizing many state services including DOT, DOC. He is also part of the Free State Movement. The third Republican candidate in this race is Gerard A. LeDuc. They are competing for two possible seats.

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In Rockingham District 4 SEA has endorsed Rep. Jean Charron (R) and Jim Devine (R), both of whom have voted with us repeatedly.

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In Rockingham District 5 SEA has endorsed Frank Emiro (R). Frank is a former House Rep and is a member of SEA Chapter 1. He decided to run again because of the assault on middle class union members.  In this race SEA is also endorsing Rep. Betsey McKinney (R) who is another of our Republican heroes. Our endorsed candidates in this race will be vying with eight other candidates for seven seats. Two of the other candidates are known to be affiliated with the Liberty Caucus.

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In Rockingham District 6 SEA has endorsed three of our Republican heroes, Frank Sapareto, Brian Chirichiello and Jim Webb. Webb is a member of IBT (The Teamsters). They are running against eight other Republicans for 10 possible seats.

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In Strafford District 1 SEA has endorsed Candace Cole-McCrea (D)  Candace, a former NH DHHS worker, is a member of SEA Chapter 1. She is squaring off with two other democratic candidates for two possible seats.

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In Strafford District 12 SEA has endorsed Patricia Hartley (R), who is a member from Strafford County Nursing Home. This is Patricia’s first time running for office.

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In Strafford District 23 SEA has endorsed incumbent Rep. Julie Brown (R). She has been one of our most consistent Republican supporters.

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